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DOLE awards P1.2m Livelihood Aid in Occidental Mindoro, Benefits 112 Farmers, Ambulant Vendors


Concrete hollow blocks is an essential element for building a structure, as it enhances and improves the sustainable performance. We cannot overlook the use of concrete in society as it plays a vital role in the construction of almost everything, from schools, hospitals, apartment blocks, bridges, pavement and more. Though rigid and stiff in nature, its strength shows the hope and dreams of the farmers of Brgy. Pag-asa, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

On March 26, 2018, the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA Region thru Occidental Mindoro Field Office headed by Mr. Roy V. Balleza awarded the amount of P267, 377.00 to Barangay Local Government Unit of Pag-asa, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro as the accredited co-partner for the project “Production of Concrete Hollow Blocks” benefitting sixty-two (62) members of Samahang Multi-Sector Association (SAPAMUSA), under the DOLE Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

The said amount is intended in establishing a production center of concrete hollow blocks in the locality, as the demand for the product is evenly increasing as they offer lower labor cost but with longer durability. This is the reason why the association pushed through the project to address the demand of the market as well as to provide alternative livelihood income for the farmer members.

On the other hand, on March 9, 2018, DOLE awarded an amount of P1, 000,000.00 to LGU Magsaysay, intended for the “Nego-Kart Project” benefitting fifty (50) ambulant vendors of the municipality. Said amount shall be used for the acquisition of vending carts, livelihood tools, raw materials and other accessories needed by the vendors.

On the other hand, the LGU also provided an additional P300, 000.00 as their counterpart, intended for the individual operational capital and expenses of skills training.

The LGU believes that  the project will support the ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable business; thus, making their income level at par with that of the minimum wage earners, at the least.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

In a message of Mr. Roy V. Balleza, “DOLE’s livelihood assistance is among the government programs meant to augment incomes of families of workers in the informal sector of the economy, thus, seeing them grow indicates the success of the program.”


End/Gener L. Francisco


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